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the local area

National Trust and Gardens:

National Trust:

Knightshayes house, gardens and maze at Tiverton – visit website. Killerton House set in 6,400 acres – visit website. One of the largest forests in East Devon is Ashclyst – visit website


RHS Rosemoor garden makes for a keen gardener’s day out throughout the year. Over 300 years old and home to a collection of plants from around the world, visit Bicton Gardens.

Pubs and Restaurants close by:

The Lost Kitchen – great food, service and atmosphere for breakfasts and lunches

Woods – a personal favourite – amazing food, service and ambience – cater for all food requirements (state when making a  reservation) – booking essential

Beach Bar and Grill – perfect for lunch while visiting Saunton Sands

Pyne Arms – an excellent Gastro pub

Michelin starred The Mason’s Arms open for lunch and dinner (Tues-Sat) – advance booking essential.

The Stag at Rackenford rumoured to be the oldest pub in Devon!

French ‘pop-up’ restaurant La Petite Bouchee has a reputation for producing authentic award winning menus.

Newly opened Spelt in Bampton offers an array of sharing platters.

sports & activities

Cycle Hire

Cycle Hire in Braunton – choose from electric or hybrid bikes and explore the Tarka Trail for the day – very scenic estuary views with stops en-route including Fremington Quay and Instow. The bike company will also deliver and pick up bikes to and from Colleton Hall for weekend or week group hire hire. Waterside Bike Hire


Fishing is available nearby at the following:
Four Ponds Fishery
Torridge Carp Lakes
Bulldog Fish Farm


Fancy a hack? Horse-riding can be arranged locally at Rose and Crown Stables, a 10 min car journey away tel:  01884 252060

Exmoor Adventures:

Adventure days out can be booked through Exmoor Adventures who offer a range of varied activities including rock climbing, cycling and paddle-boarding.

Horse drawn barges:

One of the last horse drawn barges left in the UK can be found by booking a trip along the Tiverton Canal.

for younger guests

Fun for younger guests can be had at The Milky Way and also at The Big Sheep

quad biking

Fun for all ages at Quad world near Exeter.

Steam Trains

Woody Bay Station – the only steam railway in the UK where passengers travel in Victorian railway carriages designed in the 1890s.

Guided Walks on Exmoor

Exhilarating views and themed walks – free but donations welcome. The programme runs from March – December each year and includes themes such as Exmoor’s Night Sky, Night Bats, History and Murder/Treachery on the moor. Exmoor Society Walks.


Nearby golf clubs available to non-members include Tiverton Golf Club and the oldest golf club in England the Royal North Devon Golf Club located on the coast. 

places to visit

Rackenford Village:

The hall is located 1.2 miles from Rackenford village which has a community shop open 7 days a week, the Stag Inn, hard tennis courts (honesty system in operation to play) and a new children’s activity area.


Exeter provides a variety of entertainment options at the quayside by day and night plus is home to a wide variety of city centre shopping, restaurants, bars and a vibrant nightlife. For rugby fans – it’s also the home of the Exeter Chiefs.

south molton:

Ever fancied bee keeping or learning more about honey? Located at South Molton – a short drive away – is the working Quince Honey Farm.

Also at South Molton is the pannier market which is open Thursdays and Saturdays.

The town, known as the gateway to Exmoor also has an excellent cheese shop, The Cheese Larder.

North Coast:

Saunton Sands and Woolacombe provide excellent sandy beaches for surfing and swimming. Valley of the Rocks at Lynton and Baggy Point are places to stride to for stunning coastal walks. All are easily accessible by car.

Exmoor Zoo

There is only one place in the UK to see the black leopard and that’s at Exmoor Zoo.


Home to Damien Hirst’s controversial ‘Verity’ statue, Ifracombe also offers a range of sea going safaris to spot dolphins and seals or just relax for a sunset at sea.

Colleton Hall and East Wing, Rackenford, Devon, EX16 8DX

Colleton Hall and East Wing, Rackenford, Devon, EX16 8DX

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